NEWSFLASH - NOVEMBER 18, 1999
HOP Charities - 1999–2000
|In 1999, members of independent HK clubs, through the HK House of Peers, were asked to select three charities that HOP would support on a national level during the fiscal year ending July 1, 2000. Those charities are: American Diabetes Association®, Make-A-Wish Foundation® and World Wildlife Fund®.
—Please take a few minutes to read about these worthwhile organizations.—
There are 15.7 million people or 5.9% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 10.3 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 5.4 million people are not aware that they have the disease.
|The American Diabetes Association® is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information, and advocacy. Founded in 1940, it was reorganized in 1969 to increase its ability to serve the public. Today, staff and volunteers in more than 800 communities conduct programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The mission of the organization is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To fulfill this mission, the American Diabetes Association funds research, publishes scientific findings, and provides information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health care professionals, and the public.
- Volunteer Power
The moving force behind the Association is a network of more than one million volunteers, including a membership of 390,000 diabetes patients and their families and a professional society of more than 14,000 physicians, scientists, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, social workers, and educators.
- Diabetes Patient Activities
The American Diabetes Association's "Diabetes Information and Action Line" (D.I.A.L.) is a national network of information and referral telephone lines for people with diabetes and their loved ones. Available by calling 1-800 DIABETES, D.I.A.L. can provide information on all aspects of diabetes management and refer callers to local diabetes programs and services.
- Professional Activities
Education and other informative materials are provided for health care professionals, health plans, and employees to improve care for people with diabetes.
To date, the Association has invested over $100 million in diabetes research throughout the nation.
The American Diabetes Association is the authoritative source of information for people with diabetes and health-care professionals who care for them. The Association is the world's foremost publisher in the field of diabetes literature.
American Diabetes Association
2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900
Arlington, VA 22202
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants wishes to children under the age of 18 with terminal or life-threatening illnesses. They are the largest wish-granting organization in the world.
With 81 chapters in the United States and its territories, and 18 international affiliates on five continents, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® is the largest wish-granting organization in the world.
- Wish Granting
Since being founded in 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has granted a wish to every qualified child referred to them--in the United States, more than 66,000 children total, and nearly 8,100 in fiscal year 1999 alone. Their growing international affiliates have granted more than 7,000 wishes to date.
These wishes are granted through the generosity of private donors and more than 18,000 volunteers nationwide.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® becomes aware of a child's wish through wish referrals, which are accepted from parents and guardians or medical professionals, such as doctors, nurses, social workers, and child-life specialists.
Most wishes fall under one of four categories: "I want to have..." "I want to go..." "I want to be..." or "I want to meet..."
The national average value of their more than 8,100 annual wishes is $5,000. Of that, about $3,000 is needed in cash, which comes from individuals, corporations and foundations; the other $2,000 comes from wonderful in-kind contributions of the companies and organizations that are part of each child's wish.
Of the Make-A-Wish Foundation's® total revenue, more than 84 percent is dedicated to our wish-granting efforts.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® is a 501(c)(3) corporation, making all contributions tax-deductible.
Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America
1702 East Highland Avenue, Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85016
|World Wildlife Fund® is the world's largest and most experienced independent conservation organization. WWF's mission is to protect nature and the biological diversity that we all need to survive.
|Known worldwide by its panda logo, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is dedicated to protecting the world's wildlife and wildlands. The largest privately supported international conservation organization in the world, WWW has more than 1 million members in the U.S. alone. Since it inception in 1961, WWF has invested in over 13,100 projects in 157 countries.
WWF directs its conservation efforts toward three global goals: protecting endangered spaces, saving endangered species, and addressing global threats. From working to save the giant panda, tiger, and rhino to helping establish and manage parks and reserves worldwide, WWF has been a conservation leader for more than 38 years.
World Wildlife Fund®
1250 24th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037